Meet your guide in the late evening near Kazan Cathedral, and board your comfortable sightseeing boat for your 1.5-hour cruise.Situated on 42 islands, St Petersburg is honeycombed by picturesque canals that lead off the Neva River. Late each night, several drawbridges across the Neva are raised to allow commercial ships to pass, creating a magical spectacle best seen from the river. Your cruise takes you on a scenic journey along some of St Petersburg’s prettiest canals and to see the bridges as they open.
Settle on the outdoor deck or inside the lower saloon, and ogle the sights as you explore the waterways. Pass graceful mansions, lamplit embankments and illuminated palaces, and as you cruise, hear historical snippets about the landmarks from your onboard guide.
Be sure to take photos as the bridges open — the moment when their illuminated wings are fully raised begs to be captured on camera. Snap more photos as your boat glides beneath the glittering Trinity Bridge, revealing splendid views of the Spit of Basil Island, where the Neva divides in two.
Drift along the widest segment of the Neva past the blazing lights of the Peter and Paul Fortress, and sail by Mikhailovsky Castle, a massive 18th-century palace commissioned by Tsar Paul I.
After cruising around the lovely canals, return to Kazan Cathedral, where your cruise finishes.